In addition to the living statues, visitors to the Old Court House will see actors delivering orations as Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Patrick Lee of Ashland, Mo., who also has experience playing Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, portrays Jefferson at 1 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Gene Griessman promises humor, philosophy and Lincoln's own words when he inhabits the role of the Great Emancipator at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The actor is also the author of The Words Lincoln Lived By.
The Court House also presents the music of Saxton's Cornet Band of Lexington, Ky., at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; noon Monday; and noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday. The group strives for historical authenticity by including brass and percussion instruments only, in the style of Civil War-era brass bands. The sounds from the instruments are directed "over-the-shoulder," back at the troops who would march behind the musicians. The Lincolnland Brass, a subunit of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America hailing from Illinois' Scott Air Force Base, also performs at noon Friday.
The Court House is dressed up for the occasion with an antique 33-star 36-by-20-foot flag suspended from one of the balconies, as well as displays of Victorian-era patriotic decorations.
All Fourth of July events at the Old Court House, 11 N. 4th, are free. Call 314-655-1600 or TTY 800-735-2466 for more information.
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